Cool fact…
The coastal lagoons can be quite deep - two of the lagoons have been measured with sounders and are more than 100 metres deep. The lagoons open and close over time. Satellite images show the beaches breaking open during the summer and closing during the winter.

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Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) is a subantarctic island group located in the Southern Ocean, about 4,000 kilometres south west of mainland Australia.

The islands and surrounding waters teem with wildlife and other natural wonders that make HIMI a special place.

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Heard Island and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve Management Plan 2014-2024
This Plan provides a comprehensive framework for the management of the Reserve. Persons interested in visiting are strongly encouraged to read the Plan and permit application form, as visits must be carefully planned. … more
Permit application form
All persons that plan to visit the Reserve are required to complete the permit application form with reference to the above Plan. This must be submitted a minimum of four months prior to intended departure. … more
This page was last modified on 12 December 2012.